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The Saginaw Are Museum is currently seeking a Curator to join the staff at an exciting time in the institution's history. Responsible for oversight of an impressive collection with an emphasis on 18th, 19th, and 20th century works of art and growing exhibition program, the Curator will enjoy newly transformed and redesigned galleries and be part of an energetic and enthusiastic team currently implementing a total renaissance of an iconic cultural treasure. See complete job description below. 

Curator

JOB SUMMARY:

The Curatorwill have the primary responsibility for the care and installation of the collections, development and implementation of all exhibitions, interpretation and educational programing associated with the collections and exhibitions, the refinement of collection management policies, in conjunction with the Collections Committee, and in accordance with accreditation standards of the American Alliance of Museums.  The Curator will serve as the primary interface between the Executive Director, Collections Committee and Board of Directors.  Further, this position will be responsible for maintenance of collection management software and the marketing/communications associated with the permanent collection and exhibitions at the Saginaw Art Museum.

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Ensure that art objects are catalogued, housed properly, handled as appropriate for medium and securely installed.
  • Maintains accurate records for all collection objects, including current location, insurance evaluation, conservation records and loan/exhibition history.
  • Responsiblefor all in-house and special exhibitions, including establishing timeline of each exhibition and adhering to opening and closing schedule. Preparing all loan paper work for exhibitions, preparing condition reports and all correspondence with lenders.
  • Responsible for all educational programing and interpretation related to the collections and exhibitions.
  • Works independently on collection projects with responsibility for logistical arrangements pertaining to packing, transportation and courier needs within a domestic and international context; act as courier for outgoing loans
  • Responsible for the research and publication of the collection.
  • Act as conservation liaison and responsible for all logistical arrangements concerning conservation projects.
  • Contracts shippers and crating companies.
  • Prepares paperwork and museum invoices as required for all collection related projects, processes vendor invoices, renews long term loan agreements on an annual basis.
  • Prepares the presentation of outgoing loan requests and proposed acquisitions for Collections Committee agenda.
  • Participates in planning and scheduling collections projects, attends planning meetings, coordinates and oversees contractual personnel, assesses and orders supplies needed, processes vendor invoices, maintains records of budgetary expenses and assists with object installation as needed.
  • Monitors storage and vault activity on a weekly basis including regular exterminator visits, schedules shipments to and from the warehouse, oversees and assists with object photography and rehousing, purchases Collections care supplies.
  • Performs daily walkthrough of galleries and special exhibitions to check for security issues including insect/pest presence, environmental concerns such as temperature, humidity and water leaks.  Also all galleries are clear of debris and presentable for public.
  • Works with the Facilities department to ensure security of object storage spaces and transportation pathways.
  • Works with Executive Director and consultants to develop, implement and update Collection Management procedures including registration forms.
  • Works with, supervises and hires contractual art handlers with exhibition installations and de-installation.
  • Trains and oversees interns in collection and registrar procedures.
  • Currently handles information request as they related to the collection.
  • Serves as a representative of the SAM within the Great Lakes Bay Region and museum community.
  • Performs various clerical duties as they relate to the collection including data entry, correspondence, and other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Required to work monthly weekend shift, evenings and events as required

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES PREFERRED:

  • Bachelors degree in Art History, History or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Masters degree in Art History with a concentration in 18th, 19th and early 20th century American or European preferred.
  • 3-5 years curatorial experience in an art museum, with demonstrated research skills and knowledge of care, handling and installation of objects.
  • Strong detail orientation with demonstrated ability to manage more than one active project concurrently. Proven organizational skills needed to coordinate complicated collections projects and domestic and international exhibition projects. Ability to review, develop and refine departmental procedures with Executive Director relating to collections management and implement changes necessary to improve operational efficiency. Ability to remain calm in a fast-pace work environment that frequently involves working under deadlines. Familiarity with collection and exhibition budget development and cost control procedures. Familiarity with computerized record and retrieval systems for acquisitions, collections and loans.  Must possess a high degree of proficiency in public relations skills along with the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing.  

Qualified and interested candidates can submit their letter of interest highlighting related experience and their cirriculum vitae to Stacey Gannon, Executive Director at sgannon@saginawartmuseum.org

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The Ring Family

Clark Lombard RingClark Lombard Ring was a young boy when his father, Eleazar Jesse Ring, was transferred to Saginaw from Sandusky, Ohio, to manage the Ryan and Johnson Company's lumber operations in the Saginaw Valley. As Clark and his older siblings, William and Annie, grew up, they watched Saginaw change from lumbering village to prospering city.

Clark followed his father's footsteps and entered the lumber business as a young man. His ambition and business skill soon landed him a management position overseeing several lumber companies that he and his father owned.

Elizabeth Palmer MerrillC. L. Ring's marriage to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Palmer Merrill (1862-1912) in 1883 united two of the most influential lumber families in Saginaw. In 1886, Clark and his father-in-law, Thomas Merrill, began the Merrill and Ring Lumber Company that continued to grow and diversify for decades.

C. L. Ring was a key negotiator in the consolidation of Saginaw City and East Saginaw resulting in the creation of the present City of Saginaw in 1890. After the formation of the new city, he continued his commitment by becoming a member of the board of aldermen. He also loved the outdoors and spent much of his free time hunting and fishing with his companions — those with two legs and four.

With his encouragement, land owners in the Higgins Lake area north of Saginaw preserved strands of old growth pines so the area would be unspoiled for use as a summer retreat for Michigan residents. In addition to giving birth to their three children, Thomas (Tommy) Merrill (1884-1937), Jessie Clark (1885-1947), and Elizabeth Clark (1891-1957), Lizzie ran an efficient yet loving home and was very active in several charitable organizations.

Following his father's death in 1896, C. L. Ring inherited the family's home at 1126 North Michigan Avenue, one of Saginaw's more fashionable neighborhoods. The house was an imposing Italianate-style home constructed in 1896. It featured broad porches and a three-story tower. The Rings lived in the home for seven to eight years during which time they began planning for a new home to be erected on the site.

About 1903 the Rings commissioned noted New York architect, Charles Adams Platt, to design the Ring family home. Though Platt had already achieved international recognition for his etchings and paintings, he had only recently obtained national prominence as an architect of landscapes and private homes. Long after its completion, in 1946-47 Elizabeth Ring Ireland Mather and her sister donated the Platt designed family home for the Museum. This home is the foundation and grandest piece of the Museum's permanent collection.

The Ring FamilyCharles Adams Platt (American, 1861-1933)

Charles Adams Platt, son of a wealthy New York City family, was born on October 16, 1861. When he was seventeen years old, Platt nurtured his love of art by enrolling in art classes at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. There he learned the art of etching. This complex form of printmaking, developed during the Renaissance, uses acid to etch or bite lines into metal plates. In this way, several tones could be achieved without losing clarity of details.

Within two years, Platt was recognized as an important American artist. His etchings were widely exhibited and he was featured in an article in American Art Review (1811), the prominent art journal of the 1880s. In 1882, Platt received international acclaim when he was elected to Britain's prestigious Royal Society of Painter-Etchers.

Platt traveled to Paris in 1886 for greater inspiration and challenges. He established his own studio and developed his own program of study. His etchings were very popular and he comfortably supported himself by selling his art. Shortly after his arrival on the Parisian art scene, his etchings and paintings were accepted at the Paris Salon, a famous annual exhibition that shaped artists' careers from around the world.

Sun PorchWhile working in his Paris studio, Platt took time to travel to other European countries. He spent much time in Italy where he became enthralled with Italian landscape and culture. Italian villas of the Renaissance and Baroque periods captivated his interest. In the early 1890s, Platt and his brother, who was studying architecture, returned to Italy to study and record many of the great Italian villas.

Shortly after the brothers returned to the United States, Platt's brother died in a tragic swimming accident. Platt used the material that they had assembled to write two articles for Harper's Magazine in 1894. He also wrote a book entitled Italian Gardens, which was published in 1893.

As a result of this book, Platt developed a reputation as an authority on landscape design. The National Academy elected him as an associate member for his accomplishments as an architect, not an artist. He received several commissions to design large-scale gardens which garnered much attention in the national press. Platt, however, was not satisfied with creating gardens for pre-existing homes as he wished for the opportunity to design an entire property in the Italian villa style.

About 1903, Platt accepted the Rings commission for a new home and created what would eventually become the home of the Saginaw Art Museum.

The Ring Home

Dining RoomCharles Adams Platt designed the Ring family house and gardens with an Italian villa in the Georgian Revival style in mind. The plain symmetrical exterior of the house with its predominance of red bricks and white pillars and pediments, contrasts with the richly decorated interior. Platt carried the same symmetrical geometric structure from the foundation of the house through the facades and into the formal garden. By doing this, the design achieved unity in that each section reflects the other sections in composition and style.

Platt designed the house with both public and private spaces for the Rings as well as secluded spaces for the domestic staff who lived and worked in the home. He accomplished this design by including several regular and blind doors to close off and obscure certain areas of the house. Platt also included three staircases so that the domestic staff could have access to all of the levels without being noticed and Thomas Ring could ascend to his suite of rooms on the third floor without using the servants' staircase.

Dining RoomThe public space of the first floor included the dining room, music room and drawing (Living) room. The dining room was the only room with unpainted wood. The dark butternut paneling created a warm interior for entertaining. Clark, an amateur violinist, and Lizzie, a pianist, insisted on having a music room for spirited family gatherings as well as for entertaining guests. The drawing room was used as a combined living room and library.

The domestic staff worked in rooms on the first floor, such as the large kitchen, as well as in the basement where the laundry room, wine closet, fruit closet and other work spaces were located. There was also a butler's hall on the first floor which the staff could use as their drawing room.

Dining RoomPlatt was attentive to all the details of his design. He created floors with decorative patterns, designed moldings for each public room and selected most of the original decorations, fixtures and furnishings for the home. Most of these originals now belong to the Ring family descendants.

The Ring children lived in the house until they married and began lives of their own. The parents lived in the house until their deaths (Lizzie in 1912 and Clark in 1933). The Virgil Kirkham family purchased the home from the Ring estate and lived there until 1946. The home was later purchased by Jessie (Ring) Garrett and Elizabeth (Ring) Mather who intended to donate the house and gardens as a museum to the citizens of Saginaw. Sadly, Mrs. Garrett died before the museum opened its doors. Mrs. Mather generously donated money, artwork and leadership to the fledgling museum until her death in 1957.

In 1948, the doors of the Saginaw Museum were opened to the public. The Saginaw Museum provided cultural and educational opportunities in the areas of art, music, history and natural history. When the Historical Society of Saginaw established the History Museum in 1967, the Saginaw Museum deaccessioned their historical items to them. Henceforth, the Saginaw Museum was called the Saginaw Art Museum.

The Historic Gardens

Historic GardenPlatt filled the formal garden with a variety of plants and flowers. He intended it to bloom from early spring through the first frost in the fall excluding a two-week period in August when the Rings vacationed.

There were wild roses along the slope of the terrace and German irises, peonies, hollyhocks, Easter lilies and chrysanthemums within the barberry hedges of the formal garden. In the fountain were three false papyruses and three water lilies. In addition, there was a multitude of potted plants and flowers strategically placed along the paths of crushed stone and fences. The outdoor buildings, the tool house and pavilion (though it was designed with a solid roof like a pergola), were designed to complement the design of the house. These buildings were decoratively draped with grapevines. There were also a few outdoor sculptures.

Historic GardenOccasionally, peacocks and pheasants populated the formal garden. Contained by five differently designed fences, the birds added to the garden's rich ornamentation.

For the bosco (wild garden), Platt designed an area that would appear natural but actually followed his design principles. The main entrance to the bosco was an open gate located in the northwest corner of the formal garden. Directly in front of the entrance, there was an informal sitting area and a small pond.

The center of the bosco was filled with ferns and day lilies which grew along an artificial stream that could be turned on and off with a faucet. The narrow path that ran along the side of the artificial stream ended on the south side of the bosco

Stacey Gannon, Executive Director

Stacey Gannon was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. She is a talented executive and strong manager, having over 33 years of experience in the banking industry. She is recognized as a respected leader and a tireless contributor to the the community. As an avid supporter of the arts, Stacey has a particular passion for the development and advancement of the Saginaw Art Museum's cultural landscape in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

"This is an exciting time culturally for our region and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase a true treasure in our midst. The Saginaw Art Museum holds a special place in the history of Saginaw and our region," said Stacey Gannon, Executive Director.

Gannon is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn/International Society for Performance Improvement program, holding the distinction of Certified Performance Technologist.  Her education and extensive fiduciary and business management experience have helped numerous organizations achieve success both financially and operationally. 

"We are delighted to have identified such a dynamic leader with extensive financial management experience, deep non-profit organizational knowledge, and a sincere commitment to fulfill our [Art for All] mission," Paul W. Furlo, Chairman of the Saginaw Art Museum Board of Directors.

Phone: 989.754.2491
Email: sgannon@saginawartmuseum.org

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Sue Kuck, Controller

Sue is a lifelong resident of the Great Lakes Bay Region, originally from Frankenmuth. After attending Western Michigan University, Sue worked at a variety of different companies in the region, some of which include Yeo & Yeo, CPA, PC, Wilson Petroleum, Garber Automotive and Lutheran Homes of Michigan. Sue has experience working with nonprofit organizations, serving numerous positions at both the local and state levels. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Charter Global Management Accountant. She is married with two grown sons. Sue splits her time between the Saginaw Art Museum, Temple Theatre Foundation, and the Mid-Michigan Children's Museum. 

Phone: 989.754.2491

Email: skuck@saginawartmuseum.org

  

Lauren Grotkowski, Outreach and Education Manager

Lauren grew up in Auburn, MI. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with a degree in Anthropology and Museum Studies. During her time at CMU, Lauren studied abroad in Ireland and completed an internship at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Poland.

Lauren joined the museum in September of 2016 as a part-time Guest Services Associate, and later became the museum’s full-time Outreach and Education Manager. 

Outside of the museum, Lauren enjoys camping with her family, bicycling, and visiting other museums and historic sites around the state of Michigan.

Phone: 989.754.2491
Email: registrar@saginawartmuseum.org  or staff@saginawartmuseum.org 

 

Loissa Harrison-Parks, Registrar and Programming Coordinator

Loissa Harrison was born in Atlanta GA and moved to Michigan in 2004. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2017 with a dual major degree in psychology and art history. She enjoys skateboarding, playing guitar, sculpting and collecting antiques. Loissa specializes in Victorian Era photography as well as shooting photography with her Vietnam Era camera. She has three siblings and a darling cat named Candice.

Loissa hopes to use her skills to bridge the gap between art and science while fulfilling the SAM’s mission of Art For All

Email: events@saginawartmuseum.org

  

Natascha Williams, Assistant Curator and Development Coordinator

Natascha Williams, a native of Saginaw, recently returned to her hometown and is excited to join the Saginaw Art Museum team. Natascha graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a degree in Art History and Museum Studies. She was an active student docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, completed Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s Art Business course, and assisted in a student-led exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Natascha’s professional experience includes work with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, and most recently with the Office of University Development at the University of Michigan where Natascha managed donor events and relations.

Natascha joined the Saginaw Art Museum in March 2018 as the Assistant Curator and Development Coordinator. Her passion for bringing together the people, culture, and the arts of the Great Lakes Bay Region are a great asset to the museum and the community.

Email: assoccurator@saginawartmuseum.org 

 

Tim Verdusco, Preparator-Framer

Tim is born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He joined the Saginaw Art Museum staff in July 2014 with 26 years of framing experience.

Tim is responsible for the museum's exhibition setup, general maintenance, and framing.

Phone: 989.754.2491
Email: tverdusco@saginawartmuseum.org

 

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